Primary Jurisdiction of Humanitarian Concern: A New Tool to Blunt China’s Campaign in Xinjiang

September 25, 2020 Michael Sobolik American Foreign Policy Council

Understanding the logic of China’s atrocities in Xinjiang is impossible apart from accounting for the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) needs Xinjiang to function as a critical OBOR hub, and is cracking down on Uyghurs and other minority groups to establish total control over the territory. U.S. policymakers should exploit this logic and consider sanctioning commerce passing through Xinjiang.

Addressing New START’s key failure

September 23, 2020 Michael Sobolik Jane's Defence Weekly

Washington is facing a critical arms control dilemma, with the New START Treaty due to expire, Russia developing a range of strategic weapons outside the treaty, and China meanwhile significantly building up its nuclear forces.

Indo-Pacific Monitor No. 11

September 11, 2020 Michael Sobolik

The limits of the Saudi-Pakistani partnership;
Thai protests challenge the military-monarchy nexus;
Indian takes the high ground at Pangong Lake;
Huawei contract left PNG data center defenseless